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fight a civil war and finish the dome. president lincoln said if the people see the congress -- see the capitol going on, it is a sign that we spend the union -- we intend the union shall go on. so congress found the money, came together, were able to, obviously, complete the capitol dome, and senator schumer selected this theme knowing we have challenges we face as a country now. but if we look back at what we accomplished 150 years ago, we can find faith in america's future that we can overcome these obstacles again. so this is a theme that will be in some of the program materials that are districted to folks who come -- distributed the to folks who come to the capitol, and you'll see it in various elements throughout the program. the day for our committee really begins at 9:00 when the members head to the white house for a coffee and tea with the president. senator mcconnell also joins that group. from there there's a coffee with the president, the vice president, the first lady and dr. biden as well. then everyone begins to make their way back to the capitol at about 10 or 10:30
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